If you’ve got it, flaunt it with this array of gadget garb, says Alvin Thomas.
Enter the world of augmented reality with the Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses. It may look a bit similar to Google Glasses but the M300 holds its own, thanks to its extended developer support, which empowers it with a host of applications. The glasses can be used on the left or right eye, runs Android 6.0 and houses an Intel Atom CPU to process all major functions. There is also 64GB of in-built memory for you to store your data. Pre-order the M300 at vuzix.com for RO231.7.
Take on the imperative role of saving lives and beating villainous thugs as the World’s Greatest Detective in Gotham City with Batman Arkham VR. That’s right: the role has been passed on entirely to you. You can go around Wayne Manor, explore the Batcave, test Bruce’s high-tech equipment, smack Alfred for being too pretentious, and above all, fight crime. The game will be sold exclusively on PlayStation 4 and will make use of Sony’s Virtual Reality glasses. Will be made available at all retail stores for RO7.7, next month.
Hoping to find a sleep assistant? Look no further as these headphones by Kokoon are developed with the sole purpose of getting you off to sleep. They help you sleep by detecting which part of the sleep cycle you are in and adjusting your music accordingly. The headphones also have a built-in cooling system, an ultra-low profile body and washable covers. The cushioning is also gel-based so you won’t feel the metal against your ears. Yours for RO88.7, from kickstarter.com.
Fitness freaks, rejoice! Fitbit has just unveiled its second-generation of smart-health watches. The new Fitbit Charge 2 sports a display that is four times larger than its predecessor, which also allows you to choose from seven different clock faces. The device is GPS-enabled, and also has multi-sport modes, allowing you to track up to 19 different activities (running, biking, tennis, weight-lifting, etc). The watch can also automatically recognise that you are exercising and is, for the first time, water-resistant. Available at fitbit.com, for RO57.7.
Fashion and luxury brand Kate Spade has released its new collection of trackers and smartwatches. These gadgets take the shape of everyday wear jewellery and accessories. For instance, its new fitness tracker is actually a bangle that is adorned with pearls. There’s also an engraving that says “seize the day” on the inside. The trackers can be used to track activity levels and sleep patterns, as well as change music, take selfies, and connect to a Kate Spade phone app. Available at katespade.com, for RO96.2.
Let’s be clear here: The Tag Heuer Connected is by far the best-looking smartwatch out today. That’s the result of the grade 2 titanium and fine-brushed lugs. The design is finished off with a crystal sapphire glass face. These watches are also known to sport the best watch faces – being Tag Heuer – with the incredible attention to detail that Tag fans will love. The watch is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z34XX CPU running on Android Wear. Yours for RO115.5, from tagheuer.com.
The Samsung Gear S3 is not for everyone. It’s big, and a tad too virile for some buyers who seek an elegant and sophisticated design. Underneath, however, the Gear S3 is nothing but sophisticated. New features include a 380mAh battery that’ll help the watch last for four whole days, an onboard GPS receiver, Samsung Pay functionality, and a speaker and microphone for making calls. A new 1.0 GHz dual-core Exynos processor takes care of handling all the tasks too. The watch is also IP68 water resistance, “military-grade” water, dust, heat/cold resistant. Available at all electronic stores, for RO171.
App of the Week:
A hugely popular fitness platform, Endomondo has made its app available for Android wear users, which means it now classifies itself as a “wearable app”. The app allows you to tag your runs, cycles, hikes, climbs and so on. If your smartwatch is compatible with the app, you won’t even require a companion smartphone. It has its own GPS interface, and built-in music player too. Download from Play Store for free.